Rotary Club of San Leandro members, together with family and friends, ended the month with a Halloween Mixer. Proceeds from this event will support Polio Plus. Thank you to everyone that joined us and donated to this important cause. 
Good Hallows' Eve Rotarians of San Leandro,
I hope you all enjoyed Halloween handing out treats to some of our youngest San Leandro neighbors. As we approach All Saints' Day and All Souls Day, we remember those who we have recently lost in our lives.  For me, personally, my Tía Teresa, at 94 years of age, passed away last week after living a great life in Mexico with family and friends. 
Shout out to Amy and the membership team for a fantastic Halloween social at Frank's (Por Que No Tacos) as we enjoyed fellowship, food, and some fun, but the question is...who stepped up and did some Karaoke?  This event also benefited Polio Plus with donations supporting Rotary International's efforts to eradicate Polio in the world.
As a reminder, we meet at the Boys and Girls Club of San Leandro on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. We have some great speakers and guests lined up in the coming months.  You may have seen that invoices for these meetings are now $25 dollars, helping cover the cost of the meal ($20+ tip) and operational costs (room rental, etc.). I hope we can discuss ideas on how to fundraise for the Club and community (and global) needs, in order to strengthen our financial position.
Recently, the Board voted to increase dues by $100 dollars in January 2024 to cover operational expenses and better support our programs and community. Linda, Ken, and I have been working hard to reconcile QuickBooks and, at the most recent Board meeting, decided to bring in some consulting support. We will bring on Corner Office for some QuickBooks training and guidance. Would you be interested in learning more about the platform and supporting Linda and the club moving forward? Please reach out to me and let me know. Ideally, we can have multiple Rotarians familiar with Quickbooks.
Finally, as we look towards the holiday season, please check our calendar for some fun upcoming events! You'll have the opportunity to purchase a limited Rotary-branded Santa Cap for $20 dollars, which will identify you as a Rotarian this holiday season and can be worn at these great events!
In service,
Ed Hernandez
RCSL President, 2023-24
(510) 875-8308 mobile
"When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure." Anonymous
JoAnn Cornelius easily comes to mind when one thinks of kindness, generosity, dedication, and passion. Her smile was contagious and always so welcoming. Sadly, we bid farewell to her on October 14, 2023. She will be dearly missed. JoAnn had such a wonderfully full life with so many accomplishments. 

JoAnn Cornelius was born at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, California, on June 9, 1941, to her parents, Jack and Maxine Marsh. She grew up in San Leandro, California, where she graduated from San Leandro High School in 1959. She was friends with Ivan Cornelius in high school, and they started dating shortly after graduation. They were married on July 29, 1960. In 1962, they became proud parents of Gregory Tyler Cornelius. She returned to school and, in 1983, received an Associate in Arts Degree in Developmental Disabilities, graduating with the highest honors.

While supporting her husband’s real estate career and raising their son, she became involved in the HARTs organization that raised funds for Camp Krem. This non-profit charitable organization supports children and adults with developmental disabilities.

In 1989, her family grew when her son married Jeannie Ma. In 1991, JoAnn graduated from California State University Hayward Cum Laude with two Bachelor’s Degrees in Human Development, Gerontology and Studio Art. She used her degrees to establish an art program at a skilled nursing facility to enrich the lives of others. Shortly after, she became a joyful grandmother to her grandchildren, Erin and Ian Cornelius, whom she lovingly nurtured throughout their childhood and teenage years. During that time, she was also a dedicated member of both the HARTs and Inner Wheel organizations, where she continued to make a positive impact in her community. She also supported her husband’s service through Rotary International.

She was not only a compassionate person but a creative one as well. Throughout her life, she studied and practiced photography, oil and watercolor painting, sculpting, graphic design, printmaking, and knitting, which resulted in her creating beautiful works of art. Her creativity was also expressed through her projects for fundraisers and in the cards and presents she made for loved ones. 

JoAnn and Ivan traveled to over 45 countries, from Europe and Asia to South and Central America to Australia and Africa, which deepened their appreciation for the world's different cultures. During their travels, they often assisted in distributing wheelchairs to people with disabilities in Central America, helped immunize children of Ghana from Polio, assisted in supporting new schools in Mexico and Honduras, and much more. Their international ties continued to expand as they hosted over 20 youth exchange students over the years through the Rotary Youth Exchange Student Program, whom they call their international children.

JoAnn was also instrumental in hosting up to 500 foreign exchange students and over 400 Rotary Interact Students from San Leandro High School, Arroyo High School, and Kip Academy for weekend ski trips at their home in Arnold, California. Throughout her career, JoAnn and Ivan also hosted more than 100 business and professional people in their homes from various countries through Rotary’s Group Study Exchange Program. Moreover, she helped host over 100 Russian business people in conjunction with Rotary and the Center for Citizens Initiative (CCI). She always loved opening her home and heart to people. Everyone who met her said she lit up a room with her bright energy and vibrant smile. She had a unique way of making people feel heard and important. She led her life with compassion and kindness, which changed many people's lives. She was the true definition of service above self. She will be forever missed.

She is survived by her loving husband Ivan, son Greg, daughter-in-law Jeannie, and grandchildren Erin and Ian. There will be a celebration of life for this incredible woman on November 16, 2023. For details, please email her granddaughter, Erin Cornelius, at before November 3, 2023, as space is limited.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to JoAnn’s favorite charity, Camp Krem, or to a charity of your choice to keep her memory and compassion alive.

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Community Volunteer Opportunities:
The following are opportunities available in our community. While not Rotary-specific events, they offer a great way to get involved locally:
Mercy Brown Bag Food Distribution Program. You can volunteer multiple times/on-going or just once, whatever works for your schedule. Typically, they need 3-5 volunteers each time.
Here are the details:
When: 2nd and 4th Monday of the month, 8 – 11 am
Where: San Leandro Senior Center
What: Bag and distribute food

For more information or to sign up, contact Richard Uribe at

Project Literacy – San Leandro Library

Project Literacy is an adult and family literacy program. The program helps adults improve their basic reading and writing skills to live more fulfilling lives. Project Literacy offers in-person and online tutoring opportunities.

Project Literacy seeks volunteer literacy tutors year-round and holds tutor training opportunities throughout the year. See link for more information and to find out about the next tutor training opportunity.

We could volunteer for some of these together for even more fun! 

For up-to-date district information, please visit District 5170 webpage. 

Mark Your Calendars
Join us @ Rotary Club of San Leandro 11/1/23
Boys and Girls Club
Nov 01, 2023
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM
Pedro Naranjo
Nov 01, 2023 12:15 PM
Nov Group Volunteer Activity at Manor Park
Washington Manor Park
Nov 04, 2023
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Chabot Park creek-side restoration Nov 11 (1 of 2)
Nov 11, 2023
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Join us @ Rotary Club of San Leandro, 11/15/23
Boys and Girls Club
Nov 15, 2023
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM
Farshad Ghasripoor, PhD
Nov 15, 2023 12:15 PM
Chabot Park creek-side restoration Nov 18 (2 of 2)
Nov 18, 2023
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
It's a Wonderful Night
Dec 01, 2023
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Holiday Train of Lights
Dec 04, 2023
4:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Hoi-Fei Mok, PhD
Dec 06, 2023 12:15 PM
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November Birthdays
Lee Thomas - 11/9
Rose Johnson - 11/17
Bill Lam - 11/17
Ken Pon - 11/20
Kirby Thompson - 11/20
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